A História da humanidade contada pelo vírus by Stefan Cunha Ujvari

By Stefan Cunha Ujvari

Malária, sífilis, tuberculose, ebola, gripe, aids, sarampo e outros men que atacam a humanidade revelam muito mais da nossa história do que imaginamos. Os passos do homem ao longo das épocas, pelos continentes, o início da utilização de vestimentas, a convivência com diversos animais, o encontro com outros seres humanos: tudo isso pode ser desvendado agora com o estudo microscópico de vírus, bactérias e parasitas que cruzaram - e cruzam - o nosso caminho. Esses pequenos seres têm sido protagonistas centrais e narradores, não meros coadjuvantes, do processo histórico. Por meio do dna dos microrganismos, podemos saber quando e como as epidemias atuais se iniciaram e de que forma elas condicionaram a existência humana, dizimando populações, estimulando conflitos, infectando combatentes, promovendo êxodos, propiciando miscigenação, fortalecendo ou enfraquecendo povos. Este livro, escrito por um brilhante médico infectologista brasileiro, em estilo agradável e de fácil leitura, traz a genética definitivamente para a área das ciências do homem.

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